He spoke to Wrc.com about wild pigs and not paying much attention at school, among other things.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
“I think it’s my home in Brazil - in Bahia, near Salvador. It’s a very nice place, by the sea with a beautiful atmosphere. We have a house on the Itaparica Island, which is just close to Salvador, and that’s where I keep my animals - I have a lot of pets - and that’s the place where I feel best.”
How well did you do at school?
“Not so well. My experience at school was not good. I was kicked out of three because my behaviour was so bad. Okay, in the beginning it was okay but after, when I was about thirteen I was not great and spent more time out of the classroom than in it.”
What was your favourite toy as a child?
“I can’t think of anything special from when I was really young, but when I was about ten I got a motorised scooter and that was amazing. I was on it all the time.”
If you were stranded on a desert island what three items would you need to survive?
“Women, food and rock and roll!”
If you hadn’t become a rally driver what job would you be doing now?
“I’d either still be in a heavy metal band, or working with my father in the family construction business in Brazil.”
What’s the most annoying thing about your co-driver Carlos Magalhaes?
“He talks too much.”
Who is the unsung hero in your team?
“For sure that’s one of the team mechanics, a guy called Andy Grindrod.”
What’s in your favourite sandwich?
“A McDonalds quarter pounder. No, sorry, I’ll change that to a McFish.”
What would you do on your perfect day off?
“I’d go with my girlfriend to the house we have on the Iiha de Itaparica to relax, and spend time my dogs and my other pets. I have six dogs, some wild pigs, parrots - all sorts of things. We’d relax on the beach, and perhaps do some scuba diving.”
Your team boss is coming over for dinner. What would you cook for him?
“Some big steak with French fries. Simple. I’m not so bad in the kitchen actually. When I’m home I do a lot of cooking for my friends.”
"My experience at school was not good..."